DEMOCRACY DAY – September 15
Uluslararası Demokrasi Günü ~ 15 Eylül
No country is free unless it is democratic. "
~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ~
2018 Theme: Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World
In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as theInternational Day of Democracy—with the purpose of promoting and upholding theprinciples of democracy. With this year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declarationof Human Rights, the International Day of Democracy is also an opportunity to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government” (article 21.3), has inspired constitution-making around the world and contributed to global acceptance of democratic values and principles. Democracy, in turn, provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.